The biggest video game news of the week (April 16
It’s been a busy old week in the gaming world. Many titles from the past seven days have been dominated by games that are technically 30 years old, as Sega finally revealed more information about Sonic Origins. The creators of the blue blur had already hit us with a healthy dose of nostalgia before this trailer drop, also revealing that it would be reviving Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio.
Elsewhere, Square Enix has revealed that it’s far from done trying to make Marvel’s Avengers a success, and the release date for an upcoming game has actually been brought forward rather than pushed back. What a novelty. More on all of this and some of the other biggest stories in the gaming world below.
Sonic Origins gets a confusing release date and DLC options
The week started off with various leaks pointing to the imminent reveal of more information about Sonic Origins. A note, artwork and possibly a new trailer courtesy of Sega. The trailer revealed all sorts of new information, including classic and anniversary modes, and that the collection will launch on all major platforms on June 23, 2022. All the exciting stuff, aside from the DLC chart and what accompanies him. Labeled unnecessarily confusing by many Sonic fans and revealing that some items will require you to pay an additional $5.
Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio reboot
Sega isn’t all about Sonic, but you could be forgiven for thinking the hedgehog is by far the company’s most popular creation. There’s no doubt that Sonic is at its best when Sega goes back to its roots, hence the hype around Origins. The studio wants to capitalize on that nostalgia, it seems, because this week Bloomberg revealed that it’s also working on reboots of Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio. The revival of Crazy Taxi would be in development for a year. It’s been eight years since the last Crazy Taxi game, and over 20 since Sega gave us a Jet Set Radio title.
Xenoblade 3 Chronicles release date moved forward
Release dates have been pushed back a lot over the past two years thanks to the pandemic and developers transitioning to working from home. That’s why when you first learned that the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 release date had been pushed back, you were probably fearing the worst. Well, never fear, because the sequel’s arrival has been pushed back, not back. Originally slated for September, the next chapter in the Xenoblade saga will now be available in July. It’s unclear exactly why Nintendo decided to bring the game forward, and to this point. It could be a reshuffle of its timeline that sees Splatoon 3 arrive when Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was supposed to launch.
Skate 4 playtesting has begun
Skate 4 is really happening and development is well underway. This was confirmed this week when leaks regarding its playtests surfaced online, followed by actual alpha footage. This understandably pissed off EA a bit, as those working on the game certainly don’t want the world to see it at this incredibly early stage. Despite EA’s best efforts to erase the footage from existence, it was too little too late, and now almost everyone who wants to see it has seen it. The images are clearly very crude, and none of this should be taken as what the game will look like when finished. Still, it’s good to know that progress is being made on the game and will be there in the near or distant future.
Jane Foster arrives in Marvel’s Avengers
Every time it seems Square Enix has thrown in the towel on Marvel’s Avengers, it pops up and reveals that the game will continue. This week, he revealed his live service superhero title would be getting a new playable character. Jane Foster as the female version of Thor, revealed around the same time Marvel released the very first trailer for Thor: Love And Thunder. Finally, a certain cohesion between the game and the MCU. Foster will be the first hero added to the game since Spider-Man made the jump to PlayStation versions last year, and the first new character for Avengers players on other platforms since the Wakanda expansion last summer.
God Of War Ragnarok Is Still On Track For 2022
After an incredibly busy start to the year, we’ve officially reached the dry season of 2022. The gap between the busy start and the start of the holiday season where video game launches are rare. There’s still a lot to look forward to in 2022, and despite a worrying lack of updates, we’ll apparently get even more God of War before 2023. Ragnarok director Cory Barlog has provided an update on the sequel for marking the fourth anniversary of the first game’s launch, revealing that the developers are hard at work and once something is ready to be revealed, it will be. Promising, but until the game is in my hands, whether digitally or physically, I’m skeptical that it will arrive before the end of the year.
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